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Another year of great books!
Posted 05/22/2018 02:41PM


Here are the Top 13 most frequently circulated books from the past school year (in alphabetical order):

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah

The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed.

Recommended for: Grades 9+







Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

A story of the divisions between cultures and the rifts within a family explores the fallout of the drowning death of Lydia Lee, the favorite daughter of a Chinese-American family in 1970s Ohio.

Recommended for: Grades 9+







Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

When her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend, Calliope meets Jinsong at her latest middle school, who becomes her friend despite her Tourette Syndrome and the embarrassment it can cause.

Recommended for: Grades 6+






Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Aspiring to be the fastest sprinter on his elite middle school's track team, gifted runner Ghost finds his goal challenged by a tragic past with a violent father.

Recommended for: Grades 6+






Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

There are three rules in the neighborhood: don't cry; don't snitch; get revenge. Will takes his dead brother Shawn's gun, and gets in the elevator on the 7th floor. As the elevator stops on each floor, someone connected to Shawn gets on. Someone already dead. Dead by teenage gun violence. And each has something to share with Will.

Recommended for: Grades 7+





Midnight without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Rose Lee Carter, a thirteen-year-old African-American girl, dreams of life beyond the Mississippi cotton fields during the summer of 1955, but when Emmett Till is murdered and his killers are unjustly acquitted, Rose is torn between seeking her destiny outside of Mississippi or staying and being a part of an important movement.

Recommended for: Grades





Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

A group of orphans wait each year for a boat to arrive on the island, replacing the eldest with the youngest, never to be seen again, as each remaining child learns what it means to say goodbye to childhood forever.

Recommended for: Grades 6+






Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

Considered by many to be an individual with an intellectual disability, a brilliant, impatient fifth-grader with cerebral palsy discovers a technological device that will allow her to speak for the first time.

Recommended for: Grades 6+






Refugee by Alan Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

Recommended for: Grades 6+





Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Aza Holmes is a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

Recommended for: Grades 9+






The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

As the frightening impact of World War II creeps closer and closer to her door, eleven-year-old Ada learns to manage life on the home front.

Recommended for: Grades 6+

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